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The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund awarded $25,000 to the University of Wyoming Art Museum
for "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational." Funds will be used to add several new works
of modern or contemporary art to the outdoor exhibition in the coming year.
The UW Art Museum in 2008 launched "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational" in response to the interests of the university and Laramie communities for art in public places and to enable the museum to remain active during a year-long closure of its galleries for renovations. Initially planned as a one-year program, its success identifies an ongoing need to continue the exhibition.
Originally, 18 works of art comprised the exhibition: 12 works created or lent by artists, 5 from the Art Museum permanent collection, and one created by the artists of ARK for their new Creative Arts Center.
"Over the last year, five of the works on loan have been removed from the exhibition," says Susan Moldenhauer, Art Museum director and chief curator. "Funding from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, along with an anonymous gift to support new work for campus, offers an opportunity to add at least two new works to the campus exhibition."
According to its Web site, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund supports Wyoming's culture and heritage through grant funding of innovative projects for the, "enjoyment, appreciation, promotion, preservation, and protection of the state's arts, cultural and historic resources."
For more information about the exhibitions, call the UW Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's Web page at www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum or blog at www.uwartmuseum.blogspot.com.
"Imagine learning from the masters" is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum's programs. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays. Admission is free.